EPISODE #6144: CALIFORNIA COAST
$1K Tossup: ON THE MAP
_ U _ H O _ L A N D
D R _ _ _
Chad locates MULHOLLAND DRIVE. The Thurs. panel this time around…
Chad Ruter: client-services coordinator for software co. from Elgin, IL
Valerie Pavlik: USA Junior Olympic Volleyball coach/referee from Medina, OH (the “bee capital of the world”)
Emily Witte: folk singer/songwriter who lost a 5th Grade spelling bee from Queens, NY (orig. from Charlotte, NC)
$2K Tossup: MOVIE TITLE
_ _ B E _ / W I T _ _ _ T
_ / C A _ _ E
Valerie solves “REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE”. And we’re not offering a California destination this time…
FEATURED PRIZE: $10K courtesy of igt DOUBLE DOWN CASINO
Round 1: PHRASE
She’s off to a bad start w/ an N while on TD. Second, Emily wastes a spin w/ the MDW’s left side. Third, Chad calls off four T’s for $2,200, two E’s, two H’s for the 1/2 CAR near the pink $900 and an A, followed by two R’s for another $1,100, four O’s to clean out the vowel shop, but then the other MDW BANKRUPT to clean him out of $3,550 and his plate. Back to Valerie who picks up the swimoutlet.com gift tag w/ a B, that MDW w/ two F’s, and three $900 M’s. The near-complete board…
F R O M / T H E
B O T T O M / O F
M _ / H E A R T
FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, I am happy to say that she’s won $4,200 in cash & GT.
SOLE DUD: N (Valerie)
BANKRUPTS: 2 (others)
Valerie: $6,200 cash & GT MDW/Emily: $0/Chad: $1K
Mystery Round: SONG LYRICS (w/ a ? at the end)
The letters Emily picks first are two $500 T’s, a $900 H, and two E’s before the LaT strikes. Chad secondly finds two S’s for $1,600, two A’s, and two N’s for another $1,600. He tries to solve, but changes his mind and continues spinning…he LaTs out. Valerie then puts up a $650 D, a FP J, and a TD K…
D O / _ O _ / K N O _
T H E / _ A _ / T O
S A N / J O S E ?
…why she didn’t go for the Y’s is beyond me, but she exactly recites “DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE?” (by Dionne Warwick from ’68) for $4,650.
LaTs: 2 (Valerie’s opponents)
Valerie: $10,850 cash & GT MDW/Emily: ZIPPO/Chad: $1K
Repeating BP Flashback: BACKPACKER
PP/Express Round: FUN & GAMES
First from Chad’s mouth are three T’s for $2,700 and four H’s to already go up to $6,300, then he buys three E’s, three O’s and two U’s before calling three R’s while on the EXPRESS…and he will HOP ABOARD.
Current Bank: $8,550
Next Choices: G…3 A’s…M…2 N’s…2 S’s, B, C, K and the last consonant of D
A / H O R S E B A C K
R _ D E / T H R O U G H
T H E / M O U N T A _ N S
…in addition to another $18,300, he will take A HORSEBACK RIDE THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS on a trip to the W Vieques Island Retreat & Spa in PUERTO RICO worth $7,323; that was a $25,623 round for him!
Valerie: $10,850 cash & GT MDW/Emily: NO LUCK/Chad: $26,623 cash & P.R.
$3K Tossup: THING
E _ _ _ T _ I C
G U I _ _ R
Valerie rocks out on this ELECTRIC GUITAR to up her score to $13,850.
Speed-Up Round: PLACES
For the second time this week, we have a $6K FS! After that man buys three E’s for free…
_ _ N E _ _ R D S
_ N D / W _ N E R _ E S
…he swipes another $42K from these VINEYARDS AND WINERIES, and has recorded the THIRD-HIGHEST MAINGAME TOTAL OF ALL-TIME!!!
AIRED DUDS: T (Emily), L (Valerie), C (Emily), B (Valerie), G (Emily), P (Valerie)
Valerie: $13,850 cash & GT/Emily: $1K GOOSEEGG/Chad: $68,623 cash & P.R.
GT: $83,473! (2nd-highest of the season)
BANKRUPT TRASH (minus plate): $3,550
$100K Bonus Round
Should Chad be successful, he’ll become the highest non-million winner of the season with at least six figures. He lands on the S of AMERICA’S.
This pair of letters appear first…
_ / _ _ R _
_ L _ _
DCWO should do it for him…
_ / W _ R _
_ L O W
…he does indeed have A WARM GLOW in his heart! We weren’t so lucky last night on the envelope after the BR was won, but how about tonight?…
...no, that damned $32K strikes again — ugh! But he does end up with a final total of $100,623 cash & trip!
$5K SPIN ID: CC0481519
Vanna stands in center stage alone to do the final chat (jokingly due to budget constraints), saying that a GT of $363,701 has been given away so far this week! And both her and Chad are standing there while the credits roll!
MY EP. RATING: 10!